FIRST LEGO League Rhode Island Qualifying Tournaments
Rhode Island Students of the Future will hold 4 FLL Qualifying tournaments, all sponsored by National Grid, Textron Charitable Trust and the Verizon Foundation, during the 2017-18 Hydro Dynamics season. All teams competing in official FIRST LEGO League tournaments must be registered with FIRST. Registration priority for Rhode Island FLL qualifying tournaments is given to teams registered with FIRST and based in RI, and then to teams registered with FIRST and based in nearby MA, on a space available basis. Final decisions on inclusion in the FLL RI tournament system rest with the FLL RI Operational Partner.
Registration for the qualifying tournaments will open in early October. At that time, we'll post the registration link. The qualifying tournament dates and locations are still being finalized, check back regularly for updates!
Rhode Island Qualifying tournaments feed into the State Championship or the Robot Invitational.
December 2, 2017: FIRST LEGO League HYDRO DYNAMICS Qualifying Tournament, managed by the Gordon School, East Providence, RI
December 9, 2017: FIRST LEGO League HYDRO DYNAMICS Qualifying Tournament, managed by Ricci Middle School, North Providence, RI
December 10, 2017: FIRST LEGO League HYDRO DYNAMICS Qualifying Tournament, managed by All Saints STEAM Academy, Middletown, RI
December 16, 2017: FIRST LEGO League HYDRO DYNAMICS Qualifying Tournament, managed by AIR 4H at Portsmouth Middle School, Portsmouth, RI
January 13, 2018: The FIRST LEGO League HYDRO DYNAMICS Championship Tournament, sponsored by the Verizon Foundation, National Grid and Textron Charitable Trust, is January 13, 2018 at Roger Williams University's Recreation Center, managed by Rhode Island Students of the Future in partnership with Roger Williams University
January 20, 2018: The FIRST LEGO League HYDRO DYNAMICS Robot Invitational, sponsored by the Verizon Foundation, National Grid and Textron Charitable Trust, is January 20, 2018 at Martin Middle School, managed by Rhode Island Students of the Future
We thank our FIRST LEGO League Hydro Dynamics qualifying tournament partners: Kevin Reilly and JR Casey (AIR 4H), Anita Brouse and Julie White (All Saints Academy), Nick Terry (Gordon School), Tracy Graham and Matt Moniz (Ricci Middle School), President Farish, Amanda Marsilli and Dr. Matthew Stein, our hosts at Roger Williams University and our FLL Robot Invitational partner, Tom Hargreaves (Martin Middle School).
In order to advance to the state championship, teams must compete in all three judged areas of FLL: Robot Game, Project and Core Values. Qualifying tournament judges will use the Champion’s Awards criteria to rank all of the teams, and the top teams on that list at each qualifier will advance. It is possible to advance to the State Championship without winning a Qualifying tournament award, and it's possible to win a qualifying tournament award and not advance to the State Championship. A team that focuses all their energy on the robot and has a lackluster project may not score well in the overall Champion’s criteria, and for that reason might win a Robot Performance or Robot Design award but not advance to the State Championship. Click here for more information on FLL Awards.